Elder statesman, Alhaji Tanko Yakasai, has narrated how his son, Salihu Tanko Yakasai, was arrested by the operatives of the Department of State Services.
Salihu, who is the Special Adviser on Media to Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, had criticised the President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday over the spate of abduction of school children in the country.
Salihu had in a series of tweet while reacting to abduction of about 317 schoolgirls of Government Girls Secondary School in Jangebe, Zamfara State, said the kidnappings had become too frequent.
The governor’s aide had also said if it was under another President’s watch that the abductions had happened, there would have been more outrage in the North.
He tweeted: “Clearly, we as APC government, at all levels, have failed Nigerians in the number one duty we were elected to do which is to secure lives and properties. Not a single day goes by without some sort of insecurity in this land. This is a shame! Deal with terrorists decisively or resign.
“Just last week it was #freekagaraboys, today we have a new hashtag #RescueJangebeGirls, who knows tomorrow what hashtag we will come up with? Perhaps one for ourselves when we get caught up in one of these daring attacks.
“This is sad and heartbreaking, I feel helpless and hopeless. “I completely agree. Hypocrisy is in our DNA. Imagine what’s happening in the North now under GEJ or OBJ, what you will hear is he’s the enemy of the North and Muslims, but here we are, being ravaged by all sorts of insecurity but no collective rage, sai useless lamentations. SMDH.”
But speaking with newsmen on Saturday, the father of the governor’s aide said his son was arrested on Friday on his way to a barbing salon in Kano.
“Yes, Salihu is with the security operatives since yesterday (Friday). He was arrested on his way to a barbing salon. But I cannot confirm to you whether he is here in Kano or somewhere else,” the elder Yakasai said.
Confirming Salihu’s arrest, one of Ganduje’s aides on Twitter, @sadeqhenry tweeted, “Alhamdulillahi, we just confirmed @dawisu is at DSS office.”
Recall that the arrested aide had in 2020 called on the Buhari-led administration to either deal with bandits in the country or resign.
The embattled media aide was subsequently suspended from office for several weeks over the comment.